Jump to content
6 replies to this topic
Posted 12 December 2012 - 07:39 PM
DD is 6 weeks old. Just wondering if she can start having the odd bottle of EBM. I already have a couple of bottles expressed and thought that DH could do a couple of feeds while on Christmas holidays to give me a break. I seem to have a good supply.
Posted 12 December 2012 - 08:16 PM
Hi Scout, there aren't any hard and fast rules in regards to giving a bottle to a breastfed baby although most people recommend you wait until your milk supply is well established and your baby is a proficient and experienced breast feeder, which is what you have done.
Some babies can have problems with bottle use and some don't.
The link below has some great information about alternative ways to feed a breast fed baby, this includes but is not limited to, bottles.
The information is presentedi in a non-judgemental manner and will give pros and cons of all methods.
I hope it is of help to you.
All the best.
Posted 15 December 2012 - 08:20 PM
Lucky 2 has given you some really good info. If your breastfeeding is well established then I would say give it a try so that your LO learns to accept EBM from an alternative source, not just the good stuff :-)
Also, if you are successful, then I would try to make it a semi regular thing (every couple of days or so) so she doesn't 'forget'.
My DH fed and put DD to sleep the other night when I was out, and commented when I got home how he understood what I meant about bonding when she feeds as she was laying there looking at him - I think that's lovely, and something to be shared with DH if possible/willing
Posted 26 December 2012 - 07:28 PM
Thanks for the replies!
When is the best time to express, and how often should I do it?
I plan to give one bottle of EBM every few days as suggested by loz07. I only get about 15- 30 mLs at a time when I express (I only have a manual pump and don't want to buy an electric one until I see how DD goes with a bottle). Does anyone have any tips on doing it more effectively?
Thanks in advance!
Posted 26 December 2012 - 10:10 PM
Your peak milk production is between 1 and 4 am so I find that's the best time to do it (unfortunately!). Depends how many expressed feeds you want to do as to how often, you need to find a balance between getting enough for a feed, and increasing your milk supply too much and ending up engorged.
To be more effective, try massaging your breast firmly but gently before/during expressing, or a warm compress prior to starting; breat compression also worked for me when I first started. (BTW it's still the 'good stuff' whether from bottle or boob I have to point out...) There's some great info out there on expressing if you google it, and I've also found the kellymom website helpful.
Posted 27 December 2012 - 08:00 AM
Thanks Lozzylots! Yes I was worried about increasing my supply too much. How do I avoid this, while still expressing enough milk?
Posted 27 December 2012 - 02:27 PM
If you can get enough for a feed from one session, you could express while DH feeds. I think the important thing when you are breastfeeding and expressing is that you try to get enough for each feed rather than trying to build up a big stash of stored milk too quickly, that way you are just replacing an expressed feed with a breastfeed IYKWIM. I guess it's hard to know at first but with time you'll work out how much bubs needs and just express that amount. Sorry if that's not much help!!
0 user(s) are reading this topic
0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users
"It dawned on me that I could do some catch-up work while he fed, but I needed something to help me hold a bottle and my smartphone."
A new mum angered by people suggesting women who deliver their babies via caesarean section have not "given birth" has challenged that misconception by sharing a photograph of her scar.
Actress Olivia Wilde and her fiance Jason Sudeikis are parents again.
A newborn baby is without the tip of one finger after a nurse accidentally cut it off with scissors.
It's a long overdue move for kids and parents alike.
If you've ever shared a bed with a dyed-in-the-wool doona stealer you'll know how frustrating it can be.
Special rituals, as well as favourite cutlery and plates, can make dinner times less challenging and a lot more fun!
Most mums of toddlers have a funny horror story about the time they turned their back for 30 seconds only to find mayhem on their return.
Surgeons at a New York City hospital have separated a pair of 13-month-old boys who were congenitally joined at the head, completing a rare operation that carried a risk of death and severe brain damage, their mother said.
Babies can sometimes get themselves into unusual positions while sleeping, but this youngster has the makings of an acrobat.
In the park near our house my partner and I have a bench. We paid to have it put there last year after our twin boys Fred and John died.
Vaginal or caesarean, bottle- or breastfed: it all influences our gut microbes and future health.
Getting well and falling in love with my son has brought a feeling words simply can't describe. But I didn't expect it to be a little heartbreaking, too.
Haven't we all needed more hands when travelling with babies and toddlers?
Rather than hiding her postpartum hair regrowth, author Giovana Fletcher has photographed and shared it.
With his bald head, light goatee and bulging arms covered in dark tattoos, Officer Kenneth Knox is an imposing figure.
A mother of six from the US claims that Facebook disabled her account because she posted a photograph of herself tandem breastfeeding a stranger's baby along with her own.
Top 5 Articles
We asked real women what surprised them during their pregnancy. They've shared their experiences in the hope of preparing the rest of us better for the ride
It's how many new mums spend much of their time, so it makes sense that a breastfeeding emoji is being considered for inclusion in the next round of updates.
Here are a few things for you and your partner to discuss as you start trying for a bub of your own.
Take a trip down memory lane with these vinage and retro toys that you may have had in your childhood or your parent's childhood.